Depth chart: Nicholas elevated to No. 1 for Cincy game

Pierre Thomas flips into the endzone on the Falcons.  (MATT BUSH/HATTIESBURG AMERICAN)

Pierre Thomas flips into the endzone on the Falcons. (MATT BUSH/HATTIESBURG AMERICAN)

FLOWERY BRANCHStephen Nicholas, who has started against San Francisco and Philadelphia, was elevated to the first team on depth chart released by the team for the Cincinnati game.

Falcons coach Mike Smith announced on Monday that rookie Sean Weatherspoon’s right knee sprain was not responding and that he’d sit out the Bengals game.

Nicholas led the Falcons in tackles against the 49ers with 13. Against the Eagles, he had six tackles, including one for a loss.

Here’s a look at the depth chart.

OFFENSE

WR 12 Michael Jenkins 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley

RG 73 Harvey Dahl 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 75 Garrett Reynolds

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 86 Brian Finneran

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 35 Antone Smith 27 Gartrell Johnson

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 99 Vance Walker 97 Trey Lewis

DT 91 Corey Peters 94 Peria Jerry

LE 71 Kroy Biermann 98 Jamaal Anderson 92 Chauncey Davis

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 56 Sean Weatherspoon

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Coy Wire

OLB 53 Mike Peterson 59 Spencer Adkins

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Christopher Owens 24 Dominique Franks

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 29 Brian Williams

SS 25 William Moore 26 Erik Coleman

FS 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant

P 9 Michael Koenen

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 9 Michael Koenen

87 comments Add your comment

JJ

October 20th, 2010
7:18 am

DOL, maybe its time to give Svitek some time at LT, couldn’t be worse than samantha!

James

October 20th, 2010
7:30 am

I thought Robinson was out for the game due to a concussion. Why is Peters starting over Jerry?

jg

October 20th, 2010
7:57 am

jj–i like the samantha reference for baker–my best friend calls him el matador!

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Finchdawg

October 20th, 2010
8:21 am

DOL, I’m wondering the same thing as James. What’s with the Peters story? Surprised there are no comments on it in your blog.

BirdDog

October 20th, 2010
8:28 am

I think the fine on Robinson is BS! I’m sorry but that was a clean hit. He did not lead with his helmet. Besides, that was the first tackle he has made all season and he gets fined for it! LOL!

Double Zero Eight

October 20th, 2010
8:34 am

Grimes will be “toasted” in the secondary. He does not match up well against big/fast receivers.
The Falcons secondary made Kolb look like an all-pro. A pash rush would also help!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

October 20th, 2010
8:53 am

I am sorry to get off topic but i am trying to catch up did the falcons use the no huddle at all against the eagles ? I didn’t see it if they did. But I did have my eyes closed for most of the game.

The Real Falcon

October 20th, 2010
8:53 am

Peters has been starting all along. The rotation allows Jerry enough snaps.

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
8:55 am

DOL – I’m waiting on a coaching depth chart that doesn’t have Mularkey’s name on it.

Can you please advise if there are any discussions in FB to get rid of this anchor around our necks?

If not why??

PITT + SFO + CLE + PHIL = 4 COMBINED OFFENSIVE TD’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- We are lucky to be 2-2 in these games but we can’t rely on this luck for the rest of the season..

True Falcon

October 20th, 2010
9:36 am

ctfalconsfan: I am not totally sold that the offensive woes are due to Mularky. I think it has more to do with Ryan. I think he is smart enough but physically not ready for the NFL. If the run game isn’t clicking the Falcons are doomed. Ryan can’t get the ball down the field. If my memory serves my accurately he has one pass for over 20 yards on the year(YAC not included). His completion percentage is sub 10% when throwing for more than 20 yards. You gotta be able to stretch the field to open up the run. This also limits the variety of plays that can be called.

Double Zero Eight

October 20th, 2010
9:43 am

Ryan has a decent arm, but he gets intimidated if a team has a decent pass rush. If you get to him early a couple of times in the first quarter, he will not be very effective throwing the ball down field.
He can not buy time as he is not very mobile, and is anxious to get rid of the ball as a result.

True Falcon

October 20th, 2010
9:58 am

Double Zero Eight: I can agree with a large majority of your statement. However, I think Ryan is only decent with the short routes when he has not been harrassed. If I am a D.C. knowing that, I am going to harass him early to get him anxious. I think right now Ryan’s shortcomings is the limit on our offensive.

Sid

October 20th, 2010
10:05 am

It’s a depth chart. Coach won’t annouce injuries until this afternoon.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

October 20th, 2010
10:07 am

DOL and friends,

Last week was a tough one. I really thought we would go in there and be competitive. Going down 21-0 was REALLY shocking. Losing in Philly was not disheartening…being outcoached and unprepared was. A few points to consider:

(1) This was one of the few times that a Mike Smith coached team was unprepared to play a football game (last years game against Philly is another). You can look at this a couple of ways. Maybe we don’t match up well with Philly…Smitty takes brothery love too far…OR Andy Reid has the Falcon’s number. I’d go with the latter.

(2) The highs and lows of a developing NFL QB. I took a look at Tom Brady last night. Dude is confident in where he wants to go with the ball…decisive even. He does not even have the caliber of WR that Ryan does. Maybe a better line…surely a BETTER SCHEME. I would like to look at Brady in year 3 and compare him to what Ryan is doing. It COULD clam my nerves a little.

(3) Speaking of SCHEME…Magic Mike is paving his way outta here. Last week I thought that we had two different playbooks. Now, I think we have one unimaginative Offensive coordinator. Period. What was the gameplan against Philly? Was there ANYTHING NEW?? Andy Reid had our defense on its heels all day with new plays tailored for our aggressive D. What did we do??? NOTHING. Listen, with Ryan, White, Tony G., Jenkins, Douglas, Snelling and Turner on Offense…you should be able to drive the ball up and down the field…

(4) Think about 2008 when Petrino was in town and #8 had to take the QB helm. While the Falcons couldn’t score in the red zone, Petrino had the Birds using timing routes (primarily to White) to drive the ball in between the 20s. Now, we can actually run in the red zone, but can’t drive the ball…the blame goes to Magic Mike. Ryan should be able to throw quick strikes all over the field. It aint THAT hard.

(5) The “HIT” was bang-bang. #23 could have gotten out of the way like a variety of Falcons DBs that we know (e.g. Buchanan, Dimry, Booker, Sanders) but he chose to play up to his pay grade. I respect it…this is football, not musical chairs. On defense, the point IS TO RUN INTO PEOPLE.

Lets go into the bye week by beating the Bangles. I doubt they can stop a huge dose of Turner/Snelling.

FBD

D Money

October 20th, 2010
10:13 am

@ True Falcon and Double Zero Eight– I think you both have valid points. I have another issue that needs to be addressed besides Murlarkey and Ryan’s short comings and that’s the LT position. There was some report out by SI (I think) that listed which offensive lineman gets their QB killed and Baker was high on the list. Though I think your points are valid, I think the LT issue is the most pressing because plays don’t have time to develop and Ryan doesn’t have time to launch the ball downfield.

Falcon Jim

October 20th, 2010
10:17 am

RISE UP.

RISE UP Sunday at the Dome and walk out during the first series. Have “Free Dunta” written on an undershirt, or your chest, and pull up your shirt and show it to the cameras.

Of course you can come back to your seats after you and your breatheren all RISE UP and walk out.

Falcon Jim

October 20th, 2010
10:17 am

RISE UP. Stick it to the man! Show the NFL Nazis we don’t have to take it.

RISE UP.

FREE DUNTA ! ! ! ! !

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Can someone please explain to me why Sam Baker has not been replaced by Will Svitek? Hell….he can’t be any worse than Baker so why not give him an opportunity to see what he can do. Since the team always plays better at home I am looking for a bounce back week on Sunday against the Bengals.

I would also like to see Snelling get more carries. That is the part about Mularkey’s play-calling that I don’t understand. If what you’re doing isn’t working, then try something different (make adjustments). I’m one that was hoping that Mularkey would get fired after last Sunday’s game against the Eagles. But no….he’s still around to call the same old uninspired plays…..F#$#!!!

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
10:56 am

Real Falcon I agree Ryan is not playing well and seems to panic in the pocket.
But I contend that Mularkey has got to improve that situation by Quick passes to outside (I think we actually did one against Philly), SCREEN PASS, draw play, reverse! these plays which we don’t run will keep an aggresssive defense on their heals and allow Ryan another second to throw the ball on passing downs but then it’s up to Ryan to complete the pass.

Also lets roll Matt out more instead of having him stand in the pocket and getting hit..

If the D is stuffing the box with 8 why are we running on any down?
I’d pass the ball every play until the D ajusted to stop the pass then start running and make them stop the run.

Teams are now sensing that the Falcons passing game is weak so they are stopping the run and forcing Ryan to beat them in the air and unfortunately we aren’t getting it done.

Remember the steelers released Mularkey and then went to the SB, the next year or year after??
We need to do the same.

Mike

October 20th, 2010
11:13 am

Ryan has no confidence in the O-line. He knows that he has about 2 seconds to get rid of the ball. Has Baker ever played RT? i co-sign on starting Svitek.

Ok. Mularkey has his problems, but what about BVG? He didn’t do too well on Sunday either. When is Smithy going to take charge on D?

SeenThisB4

October 20th, 2010
11:20 am

It’s just a matter of time before the Saints reclaim their rightful spot atop the NFC South standings!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Joe Tess Fish House

October 20th, 2010
11:27 am

Wow…..A lot of fist round busts on that dept chart. Witherspoon a bust. Baker a bust. Perrier Jerry a bust. Jamal Anderson a bust. Threw in Duntas Robinson and you have a lot of busts on this team.

Sad.

truth

October 20th, 2010
11:30 am

Ok Seen….WeHaveAllHeardThatB4. Please say something new. Truth is, your team really hasn’t proved it’s capable of reclaiming anything.

Silly little aints fan. But really bring something new….mmmk.

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
11:36 am

Mike, I agree that Ryan has no confidence in the OL but with Baker protecting your blind side you can’t blame Matt for being jumpy..

Yes Mularkey must go but agree BVG also had a bad day but you have to admitt that this was his first bad day of the season. Mularkey has had 4 bad days (Pitt, SFO, CLE, Philly).. And Mularkey is working with much more talent than BVG.

North FLA Falcon

October 20th, 2010
11:41 am

Come out in the no huddle on Sunday, move down the field, score, get the crowd fired up, stuff the run and get an INT or 2. We can win this thing and get on track. I’ll be following on the computer. GO BIRDS.

Falcon Jim

October 20th, 2010
11:49 am

Back-to-back by SeenB4 and Joe Phish-Breath. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Dukester

October 20th, 2010
11:55 am

Hey please can we stop with the excuses about coaching, OL, and other players. Let the chips fall where they may. Ryan will get it together and over come all of this. If not then we know what we have.

SeenThisB4

October 20th, 2010
12:02 pm

This will be an interesting weekend, Saints host the brownies, falcan’ts host the bengals, and the bucs host the rams, and charlotte hosts the 49ers. The standings in the NFC South should start to take shape.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Joe Tess Fish House

October 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

Joe Tess Fish House

October 20th, 2010
12:11 pm

Is the game blakced out?

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
12:12 pm

Dukester I hope you’re right but you have to admit we have some major issues on Offense and it’s not just this past game.

4games PITT/SFO/CLE/PHILLY = COMBINED 4 OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS!!!

THAT IS PATHETIC AND UNACCEPTABLE!!

mark

October 20th, 2010
12:15 pm

Someone on this board said I must be smart and he was right, all of your are missing the point. The red zone offense is keeping us from being at least 5-1 maybe 6-0 and allowing teams like San Fran and Cleveland to stay in the game. Last week we hit Jenkins on a nice slant route for 40+ yards get down and settle for a field goal(which we miss). Opening driver second half we stop them go down and after 6 plus minutes of a drive stall and settle for a field goal. There is no use for time of possession unless you convert to touch downs. Every offense in this league with the exception of a few teams can score 17 to 20 points, we should be scoring 24 or more points a game on almost everyone except maybe Jets or Steelers. Our defense is not good enough yet to keep everyone under 17 points. We have Turner White and Gonzales and now Jenkins and Douglas. Ryan and company by either scheme, execution or both can not step up the scoring then I was wrong about this being a 12 to 13 win team and we will end up 9-7 maybe 10-6.

Chucktown

October 20th, 2010
12:16 pm

The Phili game was like watching the movie WATER BOY. Andy Reid must of been reading the football book for idiots, seeing Atlanta was running it play for play.

waynester

October 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

B4
It must seem strange to be outdone in your criticism of the Falcons by the team’s own fans! NO seems to be slowly getting it’s act together while the Falcons have been struggling, but still–c’mon folks…..

jerry

October 20th, 2010
12:48 pm

From Cold Hard Facts:

Matt Ryan is as average as average can be. Ryan has successfully scored a couple of national ad campaigns and unwavering respect from the NFL media. But we’re not sure why.

He was easily outplayed Sunday by Philly’s Kevin Kolb, in a 31-17 Eagles victory.

The Atlanta quarterback played better as a rookie than he has since, despite what most would agree is a top-five WR-TE combo in Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez the last two years. We like to use 80.0 passer rating as the general barometer for QBs – over 80 for a game, you did OK, under 80, you didn’t.

Since the start of 2009, Ryan is 11 over, nine under. This year, he’s ranked 18th in passer rating and 23rd in yards per attempt. Last year, he was 20th in passer rating and 21st in yards per attempt. And we’re supposed to buy razor blades from this guy?

falconfiend

October 20th, 2010
12:48 pm

I hope Brian Williams can play at the level he is used to playing. I hope Erik Coleman can get healthy. We really need these guys to position team to the next level. These two guys are the heart of the secondary. Also, The front four is getting the job done on the run, why are the safety playing up. The D JUST NEEDS TO PLAY STRAIGHT UP DISCIPLINE FOOTBALL. Dont let the offense read anything about you. We need more linebacker blitzes especially form #56, let that rookie go after the qb and he will be close to the run anyway.

Jesse Stone

October 20th, 2010
12:50 pm

waynester- New Orleans seems to be slowly getting their at together???? You say this because they beat Tampa??? They lost to a BAD Arizona team the wek before.

truth

October 20th, 2010
12:52 pm

wayne…..calm down son. N.O was playing the bucs. Lol! And by the way we have every right to say whatever we want about our team. The aints fans were doing the same last week. LOL!

jerry

October 20th, 2010
12:57 pm

If not for Garret Hartley the Falcons would be 3-3, if not for Roddy White they would be 2-4, and if not for Kroy Beirman they could be 1-5.

falconfiend

October 20th, 2010
12:57 pm

We have one the best offenses in the league. Offensive play calling has been bland. Forget that. open this joker up and show other teams this Big A offense. The offense needs a break through. Stop hiding plays from next weeks opponent. Offense needs to move down the field quickly. Spread and break the defenses apart. lets go!! Make it or Break for the bengals. Lets break them in the bird cage.

Kenny D

October 20th, 2010
12:59 pm

Ryan DON’T HAVE confidence in his passing game. The dude is playing like a rookie and he only focus on one reveiver.

The Falcons defense is another story ! Cannot defend the Pass or Run ! Now you 2 high caliber wide receivers on Sunday. With no pass rush and a poor secondary. Ok, I hope the birds can pull this game out.

truth

October 20th, 2010
1:00 pm

Ryan’s problems……I would like to find out if it’s really Mularkey. So, FIRE HIM TD! Really though, just look at what plays are being put on the field. When Mularkey calls plays we seem to struggle and when Matt is running the no huddle we seem to move the ball very well. idk…I just know it needs fixed and we say that week in and week out and never see a change.

truth

October 20th, 2010
1:04 pm

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ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
1:07 pm

Falconfiend – I’m sorry but I’m not buying this hiding plays til next week junk.

I’m tired of announcers and commentators describing ATL as some high powered offense as we are not!!! But yes we should be.

I hope we beat Cincy 9-0 and fire Mularkey Monday so we have the bye week to get ready with a new coordinator.

If Mike Smith isn’t feeling the heat to get rid of the deadwood well then Mike Smith is also a problem – even though I like Smitty..

Kenny D easy on the Falcon D, as they have had just one poor showing, granted it was a very poor one, otherwise they have been playing above expectations..

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

Jerry the Falcons have gotten breaks as all playoff bound teams do each season.

Just to correct you against Cleveland we beat them by 10 points so Beirman’s TD didn’t win the game for us.. Just thought you would want to know the truth..

Falcon Jim

October 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

If “ifs” were candy and “buts” were nuts, we could have a great party.

A lot of “ifs” there jerry.

Falcon Jim

October 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

RISE UP. FREE DUNTA!

RISE UP Sunday at the Dome and walk out during the first series. Have “Free Dunta” written on an undershirt, or your chest, and pull up your shirt and show it to the cameras.

Of course you can come back to your seats after you and your breatheren all RISE UP and walk out.

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
1:18 pm

DOL – You on vacation today??? Let’s hear some comments my friend!!

ctfalconsfan

October 20th, 2010
1:24 pm

I won’t be there this Sunday but will be for TB and I want a new OC on the sideline OR BOOTH (HIS CHOICE :) ) when I’m in town..

Mularkey had no place in Pittsburgh and he has no place here either.